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Every weekend, for nearly fifty weeks each year, tens of thousands of Americans pack up their SUVs and minivans with crates and dryers and treats and shampoos and hairsprays and plush toys and fan out for some of the two-thousand-plus dog shows held annually across the United States. More than two million pedigreed dogs, and exponentially more humans who handle and care for them, will take part in these events—for the most part happily—and the world that has grown up to support them is massive and vibrant, and almost impossible to imagine unless you've seen it in person.
By spending a year alongside rising star Jack, a champion Australian shepherd, and his canine and human friends, magazine journalist Josh Dean yanks back the curtain on the dog show world, providing not just a hilarious and often touching portrait of a colorful subculture only slightly exaggerated in the film Best in Show, but also a revealing look at our love affair with the world's most doted-upon and tinkered-with animal species, examining the colossal array of dog types and humans who love them.
The book follows Jack as he matures over the course of a year, from still-improving adolescent to seasoned adult show dog. We get to know him and the people around him—his owner, his handler, his breeder—to experience what it's like to own a show dog and to train one. And we come to appreciate him for what he is, a lovable and intelligent house pet—albeit one with a highly unusual occupation.
Along the way, Dean takes a close look at the eccentric and fascinating world of breeders and dog show fanciers—exploring the history and science of purebred dog breeding and the evolution of canine perfection via dog show culture, with that pursuit's many related peculiarities: judging, training, naming, promoting, hairstyling, kennel-owning, RV-driving, hotel-finding, treat-selecting, and more.
This book, written by journalist Josh Dean, provides insight into the world of showing dogs.
I don't know the people in the book, but I sure as heck know plenty of characters in the dog world who are just like them!
Bought it on a whim as it popped up in the "suggested for you" section after purchasing a William Wegman book.
I'm sorry to say, I haven't sat down to read a book, just for enjoyment, in a long time. I am so glad that when I did, I found this book! It more than meets my expectations. Read morePublished 6 days ago by CORGILOVER
I have been involved with showing dogs for over fifty years. This is the most delightful book I have read regarding "dog people" and the shows themselves. Read morePublished 1 month ago by N. Nicholls
Easy to read and slightly entertaining if you are in the dog show world. Some of the cast of characters were certainly portrayed at their best which is amusing to those who... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Blnde1
Great read. I couldn't put it down. I've owned dogs all my life but only recently learned about dog sports and competition from my breeder. I currently own two Shelties. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sheltie mom
Having shown dogs several years ago, more than 25 yrs by the way, I found this tail a nice way to update my dog show knowledge.. The GC category. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Carol S. Bradley
A new friend, who has a standard poodle bred out of the same kennel from which we acquired our pride & joy, recommended this book for its insights into the world of show dogs. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Beach Man